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Help me decide, Tufts University vs. Carleton College

cmh202020cmh202020 0 replies1 threads New Member
Hi, like the title says I am trying to decide between these two colleges. I would appreciate any help.

Some things to consider:
- I plan to study computer science or data science or applied math
- Money is not an issue
- College size does not matter
- Both locations seem fine to me (I don't mind the cold)
- I plan on getting my master's degree after graduating from college. But if I am lucky and get a good job opportunity I'll probably go for that instead; getting a stable job after college is a high priority for me
- I don't want to go somewhere that is extremely stressful or competitive, but from what I have seen neither of these schools are like that
- If possible I would like to get some research and/or internship experience during college
- Looking at the course list, it seems like Tufts has a wider variety of courses and more specific courses that I would like to take, of course Carleton has a lot of good options too
- Because of summer courses I would already have 6 credits at Carleton (I don't think this is such a big deal but just in case)

Thanks for the help.
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  • merc81merc81 11882 replies203 threads Senior Member
    Carleton offers notably strong programs in computer science and math in the context of a purely undergraduate-focused college. As an additional benefit, its full curriculum would be accessible to you for electives, which might not be the case at a university.
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  • quirkycarlquirkycarl 1 replies0 threads New Member
    Here's what I can say as a Carleton STEM student who briefly considered Tufts.



    -"I plan to study computer science or data science or applied math"

    Carleton's computer science department is strong. We don't have specific data science or applied math programs to my knowledge; I imagine the latter would be an easier thing to zero in on through the (decently flexible) math major. So consider how important Tufts likely having those more specific tracks is to you.



    -"I plan on getting my master's degree after graduating from college. But if I am lucky and get a good job opportunity I'll probably go for that instead; getting a stable job after college is a high priority for me"

    I mean in that regard you can't really go wrong with either school. I feel like Carleton has a more academic than pre-professional personality, but not exclusively so. And my impression is that, generally, top liberal arts colleges (like Carleton) are thought of as particularly great schools if you plan on pursuing graduate school, and top universities (like Tufts) are thought of as the same if you hope to land great jobs early on. Of course, I don't think is a strict rule. So again, no wrong answer.



    -"I don't want to go somewhere that is extremely stressful or competitive, but from what I have seen neither of these schools are like that"

    I definitely have the impression that neither school is particularly stress culture-y. One of Carleton's big draws, for me, was its professed emphasis on being "collaborative over competitive". It certainly can be stressful at times, though, and I imagine the same goes for Tufts.



    -"If possible I would like to get some research and/or internship experience during college"

    Definitely something you'll have ample opportunities for at both schools. From what I've observed among my friends at similar universities, research during school terms is more prevalent. I mostly hear about Carls doing research over breaks. The advantage at Carleton might be more availability and personalization, but don't quote me on that. I certainly associate Tufts more strongly with the idea of a "research school".



    Both are great options, so congrats. In particular, both are well-regarded for their undergraduate teaching, so I'm particularly fond of them. :smile:
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  • happy1happy1 24154 replies2424 threads Super Moderator
    OP would have had t make a decision by May and has not been on CC since April. Closing thread.
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